Coconut Papaya Smoothie

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Wood cutting board with glasses of our bright and creamy vegan Papaya Detox Smoothie

I’m kind of on a papaya kick, if you haven’t noticed.

Last week I shared my take on a Vegan Papaya Salad (seriously, so good). Last summer I shared my Tropical Papaya Boats (hello fruity dessert heaven). And this week, a papaya smoothie! For not being my #1 favorite fruit, I must admit, papaya is growing on me. I even tried a pomelo this week. Who am I?

Halved papaya for making into a delicious vegan smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by a surplus of papaya after experimenting with my papaya salad. I had some leftover fruit and decided to freeze it, which lends itself perfectly to smoothies. Plus, papaya is incredibly nutritious and detoxifying with tons of vitamin C, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and folate, among other health benefits.

As always, this recipe is simple, requiring just 6 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes to prepare.

Frozen papaya and banana make up the creamy, naturally sweet base, while ginger and lime add a balance of zing and acidity. Carrot juice gives it a beautiful orange color and even more nutrients, while coconut milk adds healthy fats and creamy coconut flavor. Major swoon.

Blender with ingredients for making our refreshing Papaya Smoothie recipe

I think you guys are going to LOVE this smoothie! It’s:

Slightly tart
& Delicious

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let us know! Leave a comment it, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Glasses of our naturally-sweetened vegan Papaya Detox Smoothie

Coconut Papaya Smoothie

Creamy papaya smoothie infused with lime, ginger, carrot, and coconut milk! Just 6 ingredients in this nutrient-rich, naturally sweetened smoothie — perfect for breakfast or a snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
Glasses filled with our Papaya Detox Smoothie recipe made with coconut milk and lime
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (smoothies)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 24 hours


  • 1 1/2 cups frozen ripe papaya cubes
  • 1 small ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen)
  • 1-2 tsp minced ginger (to taste)
  • 2 medium limes, juiced (2 limes yield ~1/4 cup or 60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar (optional // or other sweetener of choice)


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding more carrot juice or coconut milk if it has trouble blending.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more banana (or agave) for sweetness, lime for acidity, or ginger for zing.
  • Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 24 hours, or freeze into popsicles for longer term storage.


*Prep time does not include freezing papaya or banana.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 152 Carbohydrates: 32.9 g Protein: 2.4 g Fat: 3.6 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 45 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 16.9 g

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  1. Jennifer P says

    I always come back to this recipe because it’s my favorite! The funny thing is that I don’t really like papaya, but this is the perfect combination to mask the taste a bit. I only add ice cubes and a drizzle of honey to complete it, but I’ll never leave out the power houses ingredients of this recipe for their nutrition and delicious flavor. A keeper in my book!

  2. Kate Murphy says

    I’m new to the Vitamix life so this might be a silly question but could I throw a chopped up carrot into the mix to sub for carrot juice since I don’t have any on hand? This smoothie looks like lunch today!

  3. Bhavna says

    I don’t usually do comments but this recipe is soooooo YUMMMMMMMY and will be my smoothie for life! Thank you ??

  4. Sarah-Yvette Carlson says

    Made it!!✨
    I LOVED this smoothie! For those of you looking for papaya, try a Latin/Hispanic grocery store. Plus veggies and fruits are usually less expensive there as well. Idk if it’s the same in other states, but here in Texas they are. Papaya tends to go bad quickly if you don’t eat it rapidly. The “Fiesta” store where I bought mine sold the papaya cut in half for like $2. I used 1/3 of that for the smoothie.
    For the carrots, ginger and lime: I juiced two medium sized carrots and that made 1/2 cup. I juiced about an inch of ginger and 1 lime instead of two.
    For the rest of the ingredients: I used my almond coconut milk and 3 teaspoons of honey. Tossed in half a banana and went a little extra and added about 6 frozen strawberries.
    SO YUM!!!?

  5. Stephanie says

    Great smoothie! I may have only had coconut cream on hand instead… whoops but ended up very smooth with a nice bite thanks to the ginger! Think I’ll turn the rest into desert “creamsicles” for dessert! Also, made it with lemon instead of lime and turned out delish!

  6. Melissa says

    In Dominican Republic, papaya (lechosa) smoothie is very common and so delicious. We typically just do papaya, milk, ice, and sugar. Some people add nutmeg or cinnamon, but it really doesn’t need it. I am interested in making a vegan option perhaps with full coconut milk to lend to the rich creamy texture, but I fear the flavor will not be the same. Suggestions?

    • Megan R. says

      This is SO delicious! Even my two-year-old loved it! She had seconds. I used soy milk since it has more protein and a thicker and creamier texture than most plant milks. I didn’t have carrot juice on hand I didn’t feel like bringing out the juicer so I just threw in some shredded carrot and it ended up being completely smooth and just deliciously creamy. I also added extra lime juice and ginger. Thanks for an awesome recipe. I’ll be doing this one at least once a week! Minimalist Baker fan for life!

  7. Janet says

    A perfect blend of complex flavors! Creamy, tart – yet sweet & exotic. I love fresh papaya fruit with lime squeezed over it — but the addition of coconut & ginger take the experience to a whole new level. The carrot juice imparts an awesome color. Very balanced. Great job! I used a tablespoon of raw honey & it was just right as my papaya was not overly sweet.

  8. Rae says

    Super yummy! There was a bunch of leftover papaya at a pool party earlier this week so I took it home and froze it, not knowing what to do with it. I looked up papaya on your website, found this recipe, and made smoothies this morning. SO GOOD! I didn’t add any sweetener and I thought it was plenty sweet on its own, so for out there who don’t have huge sweet toothes, I would say stay away from any additional sweetener.

  9. Priscilla says

    This was amazing, this has become my fav smoothie at first sip, i added oatmeal to give it another twist (and so it can keep me full on my busy mornings)
    i give this a 10/10

  10. Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship says

    Mmmm…. I’ve never tried pomelo. I’m not even sure I’ve seen one… Luckily I know that I will be able to get my hands on a papaya!!! Cause…. yes. (although the carrot juice may be a problem!)

  11. Lauren Deegan says

    I am going to recommend this to my sister, she has been wanting to make a smoothie and this looks amazing. Thanks.

  12. Jan says

    Just made this smoothie. Wow! So delicious. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. Can’t wait for your book which we pre-ordered.

  13. Cynthia says

    Wow! I am really impressed with this recipe. I’m not a papaya fan at all, but I wanted to give it a fair try as a smoothie ingredient. Blended with the other ingredients, it was wonderful! I will definitely make these again.

  14. Cecilie @A Story of Freedom says

    Hi Dana

    I enjoy your recipes a lot! I am working on “top 5 smoothies” article on my site where I collect smoothie recipes from several sites. I do not share the recipe, but I share that it is a great recipe and link back to the original site. I would love to add this smoothie to the list. For that, I would love to use one of your pictures, clearly stating that the picture is yours, with a link back to the original article. Would that be okay?

    Thank you!

  15. Gillian says

    I love lovee Papayas! I’m definitely going to give this a try! Looks delicious!! I recently made a Papaya smoothie recipe to ;)

  16. Celeste @The Whole Serving says

    Looks so delicious! I’ve been drinking lots of fresh pressed juice and juice smoothies lately after indulging in holiday goodies. Great way to clean and detox.
    Thanks for this awesome recipe.

  17. Emilie @ Emilie Eats says

    I could drink about 5 of these smoothies right now. They look so damn refreshing! Seriously Dana, can I just be your intern this summer? #goals

  18. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says

    This sounds (and looks!) spectacular! I love that you added carrot juice. Never would have thought of that!

  19. Madeline @ Teen's Tasty Eats says

    This sounds so refreshing, delicious, and light! Love the coconut!! I’m a fan of smoothies so I’ll have to make this one soon!!! Thanks Dana!!

    – Madeline<3

  20. Mel @ The Refreshanista says

    Such a beautiful colour! Especially against that minty teal background :) I tried papaya once and wasn’t too into it but this smoothie looks like it’s full of flavour so I’m going to give papaya another try!

  21. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says

    I have to admit, I’ve never had papaya. I know! Shock, horror! But this smoothie looks so refreshing and colourful that I just may have to walk myself over to the store and grab one. I love the addition of lime, ginger, and coconut too! Sounds delicious!

  22. Emily @ Robust Recipes says

    This smoothie looks delicious. Unfortunately I rarely see papaya in our grocery store :(. If I ever do, I will snag it and make this smoothie!

    • Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says

      I never even think to look for papaya in our grocery store!!! That’s gonna change internet friends. Gonna look now. I’m the smoothie man in our house, wife cooks, but I make the smoothies. Too $$$$ to buy out. Anyhow, I didn’t know papaya had that much Vitamin C. WE are stocking on on VC these days to ward off flu and colds!